Babar Azam, Pakistan’s newly-appointed skipper, has played the same way in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, tormenting bowlers across the world. In contrast, his compatriot Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper has dominated bowlers in all formats having an average of excess 50 in each of ODIs, T20Is or Tests.
The Pakistan skipper debuted in 2015 and played 29 Tests, 77 ODIs and 44 T20Is where he averages 45.45, 55.93 and 50.93 respectively with 5 test centuries and 12 ODI tons. On the other hand, Virat Kohli debuted in 2008 in limited-overs and 2011 in tests averaging 53.63 in 86 tests, 59.34 in 248 ODIs and 50.8 in 82 T20Is.
Babar Azam Is More Difficult To Bowl For His Stance: Mohammad Amir
Virat Kohli is more experienced than Pakistan skipper both as batsman and captain, but Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir says it is difficult to bowl to the latter. The Virat Kohli-Babar Azam debate has become quite interesting, and a hot topic and Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Amir gave his views on the same during an interview with Cricket Pakistan.
The left-arm quick has bowled to both batsmen and felt that Pakistan batsman’s stance made it much more challenging to bowl against him.
“If you compare Babar with Kohli, I find it difficult bowling to Babar because of his stance because if I take the ball away from him he plays the drive [through off-side] and if I bring the ball back in, he flicks it [through on-side],” Mohammad Amir explained.
Babar Azam though is comparatively newer than Indian skipper and is still only five years old in international cricket. Still, many consider him one of the best batters in the world already.
Babar Azam Won Man Of Tournament In Pakistan Super League 2020
The right-handed batsman has an average of over 50 in ODIs and T20Is, and is present in the Top 5 of the ICC Rankings for batsmen in all formats. Former South African skipper Faf du Plessis had recently lauded the Pakistan captain’s progress. However, Babar Azam has made it crystal clear that he is still far from matching Virat Kohli, and did not wish to be compared to the Indian captain.
Many current cricketers, including Ravichandran Ashwin, have praised the rising star from Pakistan. In an interaction with Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner labelled Babar Azam as a ‘million-dollar player.’ Recently, the 26-year-old won the Man of the Tournament award in Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020. Babar Azam finished the recently concluded tournament with 473 runs, including three ‘player of the match’ awards.